Tatana Kellner
POISONED WELL
Tatana Kellner POISONED WELL silkscreen, motor, tank, water
Poisoned Well
2013
silkscreen, motor, tank, water
variable

Installation view, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY.
Poisoned Well consists of a transparent tank filled with water. The names of the 70 most toxic chemicals used in hydro fracking, those that have 10 or more negative health affects, are silkscreen printed onto a roll of water soluble paper. The roll is suspended over the transparent tank. A slowly rotating motor lowers the paper into the water tank. Upon touching the water, the paper dissolves and the text, which does not dissolve, cascades to the bottom. Over a period of days a build up of letters and cloudy paper pulp accumulates at the bottom of the tank, making clearly visible the seemingly invisible potential negative effects of hydro fracking on human health.
At the end of the exhibition the accumulated pulp and text is bottled as "Produced water" (the name of fracked waste water).



Tatana Kellner POISONED WELL silkscreen on water soluble paper
Poisoned Well
2013
silkscreen on water soluble paper
120" x 30" x 11"

Hydraulic fracturing is now being practiced or proposed in 31 states. Local bans on fracking are routinely overturned, brushing aside the consent of the right of self governance. Proponents of hydraulic frackturing tout its potential to make the United States the world's largest oil producer. Even if that was true, at what costs to the environmental and human health? Jobs today, cancer tomorrow. Are we really that short sighted? Fracking uses more than 700 chemicals and compounds, some of them proprietary, thus secret.
Poisoned Well highlights 70 of the most toxic chemicals used in hydro fracking. Each one of these chemicals has 10 or more negative health affects.
I'd like to thank the Puffin Foundation for supporting this project.

Poisoned Well
2013
silkscreen, water soluble paper, tank, motor
variable

Poisoned Well addresses the issue of hydro fracking and it’s true cost to environmental degradation and human health. Slowly rotating motor lowers a roll of paper, upon which are printed the names of 70 of the most toxic chemicals used in hydro fracking, into the water tank. Upon touching the water, the paper dissolves and the text cascades to the bottom. Over a period of days a build up of letters and cloudy paper pulp accumulates at the bottom of the tank, making clearly visible the seemingly invisible potential negative effects of hydro fracking on human health. The exhibit includes bottles of 'produced water', which is what remains after the paper dissolves.
I'd like to thank the Puffin Foundation for supporting this project.

For more information please visit: http://www.causes.com/banfracking
Tatana Kellner POISONED WELL silkscreen, water, pulp
Poisoned Well (detail)
2013
silkscreen, water, pulp
detail

'Produced water' holds remains from the tank, what remains after the paper dissolves.
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